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First for Women August 5, 2019

First for Women is a women's interest magazine that gives its readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, First delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition, to beauty and fitness, to home and family.

United States
Bauer Publishing
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Fresh-baked wow “A stunning cake is a must for any special occasion,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “And I enjoy surprising loved ones on their birthday with this ombré cake. I start by baking my go-to boxed cake mix; then let cool. To get an iced ombré look, I divide two 16 oz. cans of vanilla frosting into four bowls. I leave one bowl plain, then use blue food coloring to tint each remaining bowl in graduating shades. Starting with dark blue frosting at the bottom and working my way up the sides, I pipe dollops around the cake, ending with the white frosting. To finish, I press each dollop to one side with a spoon and top with berries.” Crafting up smiles Fun, fruity drink tags “My sparkling…

2 min
smart you solutions

Key to gorgeous second-day hair You splurged on salon-styled strands for your niece’s wedding, and you’d love for the ’do to last at least through the postnuptial brunch the next morning. Preserve it with the “pineapple trick!” Before bed, use a thick scrunchie to gather hair into a high ponytail on top of your head, like the crown of a pineapple, about 2" away from the hairline. By propping hair up and off the scalp while you sleep, curls won’t get tangled and roots won’t fall flat, ensuring locks are still gorgeous come morning. QUICK POLL How do you prevent bra chafing? Ouch! Sweat and friction from your bra have caused painful irritation on the skin below your bust. FIRST readers share their clever tips to sidestep the rubbing: 58% ❤ this idea! Pad the underwire…

1 min
sunshine getaways great new reads to take you away!

IRON WILL by B.J. Daniels Hank believes his old girlfriend was murdered, so he hires PI Frankie to help him find the killer. But they quickly learn that every lead reveals more secrets—and danger. THEIR INHERITED TRIPLETS by Cathy Gillen Thacker To give a set of orphaned triplets stability, guardians Lulu and Sam decide to jointly adopt them. When it turns out their secret elopement wasn’t annulled, they’ll have to prove to the courts they’re ready for commitment. THE MAID’S SPANISH SECRET by Dani Collins Poppy succumbed to Rico’s seduction, and it was a night with consequences. Now he is determined to claim his daughter and make Poppy his for good. DEEP UNDERCOVER by Lenora Worth NYPD K-9 unit officers Brianne and Gavin’s investigation turns dark when they become the target of a serial bomber. Together with their K-9 partners, can…

1 min
botanical prints 3 style secrets

✔ Trims the torso A wrap dress can create instant waist definition, but one with a baggy fit, busy print and billowy sleeves adds bust and belly bulk instead. The fix: A sleeker style with short sleeves and a minimalist design streamlines for allover slim. X Bulks up the bottom The 3-D effect of ruffly tiers, swirly blossoms and curtain-like panels on a hip-hugging mermaid-style skirt optically widens the body from waist to ankle. Subtracts 10 pounds Vertically oriented mini blooms draw the eye up and down to visually elongate the figure while an A-line skirt skims easily over—and conceals—any lower-body trouble spots. Looks long? and lean A jumpsuit with a large, overlapping print and a shapeless style overwhelms the body so it appears short and stocky. But one with a tailored fit and spaced-out pattern creates…

1 min
fun with a straw bag

No longer just a tote for your sunscreen and towels, the classic beach staple’s more structured designs, pops of color and playful adornments make it the perfect piece to add pizzazz to off-the-sand summer looks, says stylist Samantha Brown, who’s dressed Candice Bergen and Faith Ford. Find the standout style that’s right for you! Chic clutch FIRST pick: J.Crew Factory Rattan Clutch, $27, Factory.JCrew.com Whimsical basket bag FIRST pick: Bianca Floral Woven Straw Tote, $58, Francescas.com Cheerful tote FIRST pick: Woven Straw Tassel Tote, $60, Gap.com CHRISTOPHER FRAGAPANE FOR COINTREAU/MALIN AKERMAN SIPS COINTREAU’S THE ORIGINAL MARGARITA POOLSIDE WITH HER LET’S MARGARITA TOTE; GETTY (2)…

7 min
cool + confident from head to toe

Scorching temperatures, high humidity, hot flashes, oh my! No matter what the cause, it’s hard to look and feel your best when you’re sweaty, sticky and overheated. That’s why we gathered genius remedies and simple strategies that target the areas most prone to feeling the heat. The refreshing result? You, breezy and beautiful on even the hottest day of the year! HOT SPOT Feet COOLING HERO Baking soda foot spray Airy sandals offer cooling relief, but they don’t ensure soles won’t get stinky and sweaty. The fix? Before slipping on shoes, mist feet with a baking soda–infused spray, like Arm & Hammer Invisible Spray Foot Powder (Walmart.com). “Baking soda’s moisture-wicking and antibacterial proper ties keep feet dry and odor-free,” says aesthetician Danné Montague-King, who’s worked with stars like Oprah Winfrey and Cindy Crawford.…